21 Scriptures on Work (ESV)

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Table of Contents

  1. 1 Corinthians 16:14 - "Let all that you do be..."
  2. Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your work to the LORD,..."
  3. Proverbs 10:22 - "The blessing of the LORD makes..."
  4. Colossians 3:23-24 - "Whatever you do, work heartily, as..."
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:58 - "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast,..."
  6. Colossians 3:17 - "And whatever you do, in word..."
  7. Proverbs 13:11 - "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but..."
  8. Proverbs 12:24 - "The hand of the diligent will..."
  9. 2 Corinthians 9:8 - "And God is able to make..."
  10. Psalm 90:17 - "Let the favor of the Lord..."
  11. 2 John 1:8 - "Watch yourselves, so that you may..."
  12. 2 Timothy 2:15 - "Do your best to present yourself..."
  13. Matthew 6:26 - "Look at the birds of the..."
  14. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 - "I perceived that there is nothing..."
  15. Ecclesiastes 4:9 - "Two are better than one, because..."
  16. Ecclesiastes 5:19 - "Everyone also to whom God has..."
  17. 1 Peter 3:13 - "Now who is there to harm..."
  18. Acts 20:24 - "But I do not account my..."
  19. Ecclesiastes 5:18 - "Behold, what I have seen to..."
  20. Ecclesiastes 4:4 - "Then I saw that all toil..."
  21. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is breathed out by..."

1. 1 Corinthians 16:14

14 Let all that you do be done in love.

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2. Proverbs 16:3

3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

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3. Proverbs 10:22

22 The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

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4. Colossians 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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5. 1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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6. Colossians 3:17

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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7. Proverbs 13:11

11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

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8. Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

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9. 2 Corinthians 9:8

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

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10. Psalm 90:17

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

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11. 2 John 1:8

8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

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12. 2 Timothy 2:15

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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13. Matthew 6:26

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

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14. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man.

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15. Ecclesiastes 4:9

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

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16. Ecclesiastes 5:19

19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God.

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17. 1 Peter 3:13

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

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18. Acts 20:24

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

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19. Ecclesiastes 5:18

18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.

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20. Ecclesiastes 4:4

4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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21. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 90:17
  2. Proverbs 10:22
  3. Proverbs 12:24
  4. Proverbs 13:11
  5. Proverbs 16:3
  6. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
  7. Ecclesiastes 4:4
  8. Ecclesiastes 4:9
  9. Ecclesiastes 5:18
  10. Ecclesiastes 5:19
  11. Matthew 6:26
  12. 2 John 1:8
  13. Acts 20:24
  14. 1 Corinthians 15:58
  15. 1 Corinthians 16:14
  16. 2 Corinthians 9:8
  17. Colossians 3:23-24
  18. Colossians 3:17
  19. 2 Timothy 2:15
  20. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  21. 1 Peter 3:13

Psalm 90:17

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

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Proverbs 10:22

22 The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

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Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

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Proverbs 13:11

11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

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Proverbs 16:3

3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man.

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Ecclesiastes 4:4

4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

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Ecclesiastes 5:18

18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.

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Ecclesiastes 5:19

19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God.

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Matthew 6:26

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

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2 John 1:8

8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

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Acts 20:24

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

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1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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1 Corinthians 16:14

14 Let all that you do be done in love.

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2 Corinthians 9:8

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

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Colossians 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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Colossians 3:17

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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2 Timothy 2:15

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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1 Peter 3:13

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

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